Aruba is a beautiful Caribbean island, located in the Southern Caribbean. The island of Aruba is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Geographically it’s just twenty miles long from its northwestern to its southeastern end, and only six miles across. Notably Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao are known as the ABC islands, and are often referred to as the Dutch Caribbean.
This happy little island is one of the southern Caribbean’s most popular cruise ports. A steady stream of ships arrives to Oranjestad daily. It’s also a wonderful island for all inclusive resorts if you prefer it. In Aruba they say Bon Bini to say welcome. The native language on the island is Papiamento.
Lesser Antilles Beaches – Bon Bini!
All of the beaches on Aruba are simply spectacular, with clear blue tranquil waters. There’s a beach by the name of Baby Beach, which is known for its shallow blue waters and it’s the ideal place for people of Aruba to bring small children to learn to swim. If you’re planning to travel with small children this is a wonderful beach to visit.
The sun is very strong on Aruba, and there’s not always ample palm tree coverage on the beaches. Make sure that you either rent an umbrella to go with your lounger or that you bring strong sun screen or both. Budget the extra money for the umbrella. It’s worth it. You can get a really nasty sunburn if you don’t take care to protect your skin.
Getting Around on Aruba
Eagle beach is also very popular and is an easy trip to reach by cab. Down the road from Eagle beach is Palm Beach which is typically more crowded, because it is closer to the resorts. You can get to Palm Beach by either taking an excursion or do it on your own by taking a cab.
All of the cabs on Aruba are regulated by the government. This means that the pricing is set and you won’t find any unexpected surprises. It’s easy to know how much it’s going to cost you to travel to any place you wish to visit. Cabs are readily available and you don’t have to worry about not having one be available for your return trip to your cruise port if that’s what you plan to do.
Sunset Dining Suggested!
If you’re fortunate enough to be visiting Aruba during the evening, try sunset dining on a beach. There are a number of restaurants that offer this, but you’ll want to make reservations as far ahead as possible.